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signs." i'm going to go for a ride in this baby behind us. >> "closing bell" is next. hi, everybody. good afternoon. welcome to the "closing bell." we enter the final stretch. i'm maria bartiromo here at the new york stock exchange. the market trying to stay in the green. second straight session. at the highs of the session as we approach the final stretch, scott. >> back at a five-year high. i'm scott wapner in for bill griffith. on top of the markets plus a whole lot more. did the upper income crowd start retrefrping before their taxes were raised? some worrisome evidence that they could already be hiding their wallets? jim grant from grant's interest rate observer here with a big warning about the debt ceiling fight, and it may not be what you think he'd say. plus, are women better hedge fund managers than men? maria says yes. a new study agrees. we'll speak with the person behind the data. >> let check the markets right now as we approach the final hour with the dow jones industrial average at highs of the day. take a look at that chart. real momentum going into the
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close. up 70 point on the dow jones industrial average here. pretty broad-based as well, 13,460, last trade of the blue chip average. nasdaq composite inching back towards the high of the day. noted a it though on the nasdaq, but as you can see, gains of about 11 points and the standard & poor's are 500 index, similar chart pattern here, looking into momentum heading into the close, with a gain on the session of nine points. >> maria, in today's closing bell exchange steven wood and lee munson and our very own rick santelli and gordon charlesoff as well, a cnbc market analyst from rosenblatt securities will join us in just a minute. steven, what do you make -- we're sitting at five-year highs yet again? >> i think you've got a recovering economy in the united states. europe has pulled back from the headlines, at least for the last couple of months and china has really begun to show a soft landing so the global economy is doing much better than we would have thought six months ago, four years ago, and i think the markets are pricing that in so the fundamentals in the economy are improving gradually, but
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they are improving and corporate america looks in very healthy shape. >> i wonder if it's actually a reaction to fundamentals. lee, we know that there's a ton of money around on the sidelines from corporates as well as the federal reserve making this interest rate environment so attractive and really few alternatives. is it really a function of the global economy, or is it more a function of this money that needs to find a place to go and u.s. equities seems to be best looking game in town? >> well, you know, i do think it's a lill bit of the latter. when you start looking at the velocity of the money, not trying to get too into the financial jargon, but we do have an issue where people are still seeking out safe money. however, if you look at growth of bank lending, commercial bank lending, what we call a credit growth, it's above 6% right now, so we do have banking and financial organizations wanting to lend money, and as they do that, that's going to create the capital to give those fundamentals that we sort of have forgotten about, but
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there's no denying that when the federal reserve is printing 85 billion a month it will have an effect. keep in mind, still looking at 8%, 10%, s&p corporate earnings growth. let's not get into an argument about top line growth. >> you're talking about the fourth quarter, 8% to 10% in the fourth quarter? >> estimates for 2013. forget the fourth quarter. too confusing for me. i've got the hurricane sandy and analysts didn't have their act together. i think this year we see 8%, 10% earnings growth, even with the fiscal drag which i think is blown way out of proportion. >> because s&p capital is looking for 3% growth in the fourth quarter so you're talking about the year. scott? >> no, i'm talking about 2013. >> right. >> i totally agree with those estimates. we're going to get killed fourth quarter, but it's in the past. forget it. let's move forward. >> hey, rick, i'm going ask you a loaded question but i want your expertise on it. is there a bubble in the bond market? >> no, no. prices are lofty, but to me a
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bubble implies a very close to popping scenario. you talk about bubbles. when you think it's about ready to burst. it's frothy, but it's photoactualphotfrothy in actually a sean way and take the discussion we're having right now. the ecb tries to talk recovery, and things because the daxx and kaks are up, everything rowsy in europe. look at the unemployment rates. once again, the same scenario in u.s. if all you use is a barometer against economic growth over the bigger picture next three to five years, even the next one to three years, our stock prices are really delivering you an accurate message. if you look today the hygtf is making new nour and a half year highs, like the high yield better than the investment grades. see it in the spreads as well, and this is at a time when there's a boat load of issuance this week, as high as 21 to 25 billion. >> look at the currency market,
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too, the euro/dollar. the moves there off the ecb -- >> what? >> rick. >> look at the dollar index. >> can't hear anybody if everybody is talking on top of everybody else. >> talk about the currency market. that's really telling today, too, off the ecb stuff. >> off the ecb, off the monetary policy committee of the bank of england. the pound is up dramatically. the euro is up dramatically, and even though we're still all rallying against the yen, this is one of the biggest drops net day over day in the dollar index i can remember in a while. it's getting close to a whole cent drop. that's pretty big. >> let me get to gordon. we're seeing a real move up in the final hour. what are you seeing in terms of flow? where is the money moving, and who is buying? >> seeing institutional, again, across all sectors. the important thing is we're starting to see it in the financials which to me is the bellwether of this thing being a real bull move here to the upside, because behind financials you know that housing is going to be behind that, and that's going to be one of the things that we've been waiting
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for down here for a long time. this is an inexorable move to the upside, and we are seeing more and more guys buying in here. the volatility is still low. the volume is just starting to pick up, but this is money that's sitting on the sidelines saying i've got to get in here. doesn't really matter which sectors are in in a lot of ways. the fact they go into financials is very important. >> we'll get a whole slew of earnings in the financials next week. seeing real conviction there, gordon, in terms of these buyers in the financials? >> you know, maria, i am. >> or just a trade? you are seeing conviction. >> it looks like conviction. the fact that these guys are all buying ahead of earnings indcates these guys are anticipating a move they want to get in front of. i don't think it's guys looking to buy and sell. i think these are guys that are seeing that this is the play right now. you're getting in front of it, and they are going to be right there right through the move. >> steven, you guys don't love the financials. we had your chief investment vat gist on "halftime" today, and financials aren't one of the top
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sectors that you guys are looking for. you're not looking for a big repeat in what we had in 2012. >> i think that's true. it's more of a stock selection than it is a benchmark relative, so relative to the benchmark we're underweight, but there are certain names we do like. they had a very, very good run. you bring up a very, very good point. if withy go back, what's the federal reserve trying to accomplish? they are forcing investors up the risk curve so what we're seeing is looking at valuations ultimately matter, as in the case of financials but globally diversified portfolio risk assets is where a lot of people will have to go, emerging markets, global credit. even in commodity space, a longer time horizon, unavoidable for people to avoid the investment goals. >> what do you want to avoid? >> obviously treasuries. sovereign debt doesn't look terribly attractive. i think in fixed income you have to be very, very careful to make sure the spreads have not narrowed too much. fixed income side, like more global and emerging market, global credit. do like u.s. equities, and
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within equity space in the united states, health care is something that our managers like. energy, more cyclical consumer discretionary leaning a little bit into a cyclical play. don't overshoot it but just lean too it. >> at the same time you guys are only looking for 1,500 on the s&p. we're at 1470 so between now and the end of the year. >> 0 point? >> looking for 30 more points on the s&p. >> coming into this year a lot of volatility is wrapped around that. saw that last year, a rally, pullback, rally, pullback and rally into the end of the year. high single sdajts reasonable expectations for someone having into this market, wrapped with a lot of volatility. get so much more, so much the better, but it will be a cheap ride in our opinion. >> we'll leave it there. gentlemen, thanks so much. great conversation. appreciate it. this market is gaining momentum as we approach the close. let's find out what's behind it from bob pisani. over to you, robert. >> you know what's important. put up the s&p 500, because we're about to close -- if we close at 1469 or so, five-year highs in the s&p, near historic highs, of course, with the mid-cap as well as with the
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russell 2000. what's important, banks are leading. glad you just mentioned that because banks had an ugly day yesterday. normally they don't sell off going into earnings season. that's reversed. wells fargo starts tomorrow at a three-month high and morgan stanley 2041, eight or nine-month high for that one. take a look at techs though, anchor around the market all day long. yahoo! a new high on january 2nd. rolling over. seagate great numbers yesterday. it's rolling over. microsoft, 26. that's probably a new low for microsoft. apple started up, went down, had a terrible afternoon and finally just got into positive territory. finally i want to mention china exports, stronger than expected. a lot of interest in the international etfs. there's the china etf, fxi, the biggest one. that's had good volume. japan's had pretty good, and emerging markets etfs, also on the upside all near new highs. maria, back to you. >> big news on the app front. cnbc is launching our new brand spanking new cnbc alarm clock
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welcome back. apple's ceo tim cook may be cooking up a plan to help further tap into the huge market in china. jon fortt with the story. over to you, jon. >> that's right, maria. tim cook is in china, and reuters and others are reporting that he's met with the head of china mobile. now, of course, that would be a big get for apple, something that investors have been waiting for for quite a while. you take a look at apple's six-year chart. china mobile could be the thing
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to provide the next catalyst for the stock, something that people have been looking for over the last few months. take a look at growth moments for the iphone. it launched, of course, back in june 2007. in july 2008 the iphone 3g came out that really excited a lot of people's imaginations because it actually ran faster on data networks, and then two years ago, almost exactly two years ago, the verizon iphone came out which provided a huge boost. it was like two holiday quarters in a row when apple was able to come out with an iphone on verizon. people expecting that that kind of boost might be what apple would get if china mobile picks up the iphone. china mobile has been holding out. reports are that the executives there are saying they don't want to do the same kinds of subsidy deals that others have done, and because they are the biggest carrier in china, they have a little bit more sway than others. we'll see if we hear anything about that on apple's next earnings call which is coming up in just a couple of weeks. maria? >> all right.
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jon, thanks so much. >> can't wait for that. will apple strike a deal with a carrier in china, and the if they do, what does it mean for the tech giant's bottom like? >> let's talk to david pearl who says apple will because they have to and another says if apple fails it would be a huge win for google's android. good to see you both. thanks so much for joining us. david, let me kick this off with you. one of the drawbacks or challenges of doing business in china is the fact that they rarely do you see a foreign company get any kind of ownership, right? it's all joint venture. certainly in certain industries such as banking, technology mixed. so are they really going to be able to make this work for them? >> well, they have so far with the number two and three carriers, but to really grow they need the dominant carrier which is china mobile, and really china will be their biggest market in a few years, and they need this outlet to get there. the stock is already being punished in essence for having slowing rate of growth and margins peaking, so i think in
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their position right now getting this deal is very, very important, even if the margins go down a little. the volume goes up a whole lot, and today's customers of even low-end iphones, should they make a cheaper version, will eventually trade up and buy the premium products, and they are in the apple ecosystem forever, so they are really worried about market share because once you go to google android, you may not come back to apple so this is crucial. >> lena? >> yeah. the rumor is that china mobile may be looking for some cuts of ad store revenue which is unheard of in any of the deals apple has done with carriers previously. if they do that, it's a sign they need this. >> what the iphone mini is all about, right? tackling markets like china. you may not have the same type of consumer that you do over here in the united states that's willing to pay several hundred dollars for a phone, especially if you believe what jon fortt is saying where he's saying they
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may not be willing to pay the kind of subsidies that folks have gotten used to here in the states. >> china mobile has something to gain for a deal because iphone subscribers are known to be the most valuable for a telecom so, you know, china mobile risks some consumers in china flocking to, you know, the other carriers that carry the iphone. >> well, if we see no deal, let's say apple fails to win a deal, what would that mean for competitors? i mean, how important is this given the fact that so many technology companies are betting on this enormous population in china and throughout asia? >> it would be a huge loss for apple. i mean, they are already seeing subscriber share for the iphone in china go down to companies like samsung and lenovo so this would be a pretty big loss. they would have to figure something else out in the country. >> yeah. david. can you address the issue of the margins? i mean, that seems to be the single most issue, most
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important issue affecting the way people feel about this company. margins are compressing. they are not growing nearly what they were before. if apple comes out with an iphone mini, that's only going to hurt margins even more as it tries to establish itself in emerging markets like china. >> well, that's right. i mean, apple had the best of both worlds. they could sell a premium products at ridiculously high margins and grow faster than anyone else. that is clearly being challenged, but as i say, the stock right now after this decline over the last couple of months reflects a lot of skepticism about margins, so they are better off getting more volume, and, remember, once you even sell a low-end iphone, that customer is going to buy apps, and they are going to be a loyal customer probably for the rest of their life, so you really are motivated to keep market share and gain marketsh and as i say the stom stock doesn't really reflect much in the margins right now. their margins are twice as high as most of the competitors, by the way, so they have plenty of
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room. >> the stock is trading at such a lofty level, you know, $705 was the all-time high, and it kept going up because they were able to sustain those really high margins, so any little drop-off sort of spooks investors. >> yeah, although oddly at 700 they were trading at about a market multiple, and now they are at a 20% discount to the market. so i think a lot of bad news is in the stock, and china mobile would be good news. >> yeah. >> all right. we'll leave it there. thanks very much to you both. we appreciate it. >> speaking of china, that nation's largest search engine is among the big movers at the nasdaq. seema modi is here with all the details. >> reporter: that's right. baidu among other internet stocks moving higher. jeffries writing that a shift to the older generation has positive implications for the e-commerce and online ad space. in response seeing those stocks move higher. let's talk social media, shares
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of linkedin was given an outperform rating. groupon, among others, including facebook move higher. the bulls continue to plow into this event ahead of the mystery press event and take a look at research in motion, today's top-performing stock on the nasdaq 100. reuters writing that three of the top u.s. cell phone carriers signaled this week that they would support the blackberry ten products, verizon, t mobile, once again a lot of rights optimism ahead of that blackberry ten launch on january 30th. back to you. >> seema, thanks so much. 35 minutes before the closing bell sounds for the day. a market is sitting at the highs of the day with a gain on the dow 76 points. >> gm and ford both hitting one-year highs with ford making a major announcement today. details on that and then a debate on which automaker's stock is the best bet to drive even higher? also ahead could, solving our nation's massive debt problem really be simple as jim grant says?
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well, higher taxes on the nation's wealthy impact the ultra luxury cars market? rolls-royce is betting it won't. phil lebeau has details. phil. >> reporter: rolls is putting up numbers a lot of people may be surprised with. take a look at what rolls did in 2012 t.set a new global sales record selling 3,575 vehicles. that is a new record, surpassing the record they held back in 1978. the u.s. is replacing china as
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the number one market for rolls-royce sales. that might surprise a few people, but they noticed a slow dunne at the end of last year in china, a bit of an uptick in the u.s. u.s. sales fell 18.8% in 2012. that said, the ceo of rolls says they are not going to diminish what they plan on doing in the future. >> we are the pinnacle of all luxury brands in the world, and for that reason we are not interested in ups and downs and dramatic growth patterns and all that stuff. we are interested in constant growth over the years to come, but sustainable growth. >> and that sustainable growth increasingly coming from new markets, particularly south america. we're showing you this chart because the corporate patient of rolls rouse is bmw. bmw announce it had set a global sales record for all of last year in bart due to rolls-royce. 1.85 million vehicles, scott and maria, so there's certainly plenty of demand for those luxury cars out there. one last note, guys, production
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in the u.s. for bmw double what it was back in 2010. >> thanks, phil. shifting gears a bit to slightly less expensive cars. take a look at ford and gm. both stocks hitting 52-week highs. ford announcing it will double its quarterly dividend. the question now, which is a better stock to buy here? let's talk numbers on the technical an fundamental side of the story. richard ross with our back and jeff kilson with kkm financial. great to see you. jeff, let's talk fundamentals. what's your view on these two companies? >> well, maria, i think the u.s. auto recovery is intact, but i'm looking at ford on the road in 2013. and why they are going to do that because of europe, proactive in europe. shut down three plant, two in the uk and one in belgium. gm, tiptoeing here. mismonked. i don't know if -- i don't know if it's political pressure or what not but not poised for 2014.
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ford will obviously move forward and continue domestically but europe are properly in line to domina dominate. >> rich, with a about the technicals? how do they look? >> in the short term you might want to pump the brakes on both of these stocks even though we're very bullish for 2013. when we pull up that chart of ford, you see we're loaded with options here. the classic signature of a stock that wants to go higher. beautiful rounded base of support. bullish trend acceleration out of that well-defined channel and a decisive break to a new 52-week high above $15. while it might be counterintuitive we think that breaks down today. we think this is likely to be the capstone of the 53% move off the august low from last year. you want to buy the mystery, sell the history in this market. that's what you want to do. take some profits in ford and get out on a pullback. gm, that's a stock you want to buy right here. looks a lot like facebook, a failed ipo that starts at 38 and loses half its value. >> rich, you're going to get t-boned. >> and a break out to a fresh high. >> you're going to get t-boned
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on the gm trade. don't click the seat belt. ford is the way. you're right. when ford is properly aligned for the 2014 growth and gm, hope of thely rich, won't happen due to the fact they have been hemming and howing. >> facebook looks pretty good on the charts right now. gm, same exact chart buying both on the breakout do like the gm. okay to agree with me, jeff. not such a bad thing. >> t-bone, ouch. >> still the holiday season, i'll give you that, but honestly ford is the way to go, maria. >> guys, thanks so much. we'll watch the story. scotty, over to you. >> 30 minutes to go. take a look at markets. pretty nice move going on in stocks right now. the dow is up 75 points. it's not at a five-year high. not at its closing high. 150 points or so, 100 points or thereabouts away from that but the s&p certainly is, above the 2012 closing high of 1465. right now the s&p 5001471. financials having an awfully good day. wells fargo kicking off earnings
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welcome back. the new consumer financial protection bureau laying out revised rules on mortgages. >> diana olick joins us with the details on what it all means. diana? >> that's right. the rules outlined today are designed to get rid of the so-called toxic loan products that brought on the mortgage crash. they are supposed to make sure new loans are well documented and borrowers can afford to bay them. to that end we want to focus on one part of the new rules, specifically the limit of debt you're allowed to have to qualify for this new standard. the requirement says can you not pay more than 43% of your gross income on debt. that debt includes everything related to your mortgage, like property taxes, mortgage
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insurance, principal, interest. it also includes your other debt like car payments, student loans, credit card debt, even alimony and child support. okay. so let's say you're buying a $1 million home, let's just say that, and you put 20% down. you're getting a $800,000 mortgage. at the jumbo rate of 4% with property taxes of around 1.5% and mortgage insurance, your monthly payment is just over $5,000 or $60,000 a year. now, add to that all your other debt payments, all the ones i just listed, and all together it cannot add up to more than 43% of your gross income. one thing to note, jumbo loans are about 2% of the market, and in 2011 under current underwriting standards 80% of jumbos written would have qualified for the qm standards so what are the rules really doing? actually just cementing many of the standards that banks are already using. lenders must ensure that borrowers are able to repay their loans. back to you guys.
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>> thanks so much. stick with us, the mortgage bankers association is applauding the consumer agency's efforts on the new rules but also saying some of them will make some loans more expensive in the higher cost areas like new york and california. >> joining us is the ceo of the mba. sounds like there would be some potential unintended consequences to all of this, david. is it really going to help lending consumers? how does that all shake out? >> well, look, the cfpb put out their first major rule-making since they have informed. the qm rule is a major impact rule to housing finance, but it basically locks in the credit standards that we have today, and please keep in mind to diana's point, the 43% dti, the ratio really only applies to jumbo loans because conventional conforming loans will be able to use the credit underwriting engines of freddie mac, fannie mae and the fha. a little curtailment in the jumbo space and a little more processing costs for lower down payment borrowers, but we're
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really not going to see great changes over the current underwriting we see today as a result of this rule but we'll also not see credit loosen as a result of this rule. >> i mean do, these rules, diana, contradict with the efforts to keep rates so low? >> well, they don't really contradict it, but there may be increase in mortgage rates because of this and specifically because of the limits on fees that are allowed to be charged to borrowers, putting 3% cap. not sure how that's all going to wash out when you get that to the real mortgage market, but it's interesting that the government is trying artificially to keep mortgage rates so low and you have federal regulators doing something that may actually push rates up a little bit. >> right. >> so david, what do you think about where -- where rates are going, right? there's so much talk about the fed pulling back on its quantitative easing, whether interest rates are going to go up. what's the deal going to really be with mortgage rates? >> well, look, gang. seeing rates in the 3% range. jumbo rates at 4%. i mean, several years ago no one would have ever dreamed that rates were this low but without
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question they can't stay here indefinitely. we expect rates to rise, some around half a point through the end of the year. but would that really impact the purchase market? these are historic low interest rates for housing that we're seeing in this country right now? >> i mean, do you think that we're going to see even tighter sort of activities on the part of the banks? i mean, do you worry that, you know, banks have already tightened the lending standards and that this will just lead to further? >> yeah. this is the key point. qm is just one rule-making. we have basl and qrm and excessive repurchases hitting the lenders across the country from the gses. we've got an unknown future state for freddie mac and fannie mae. fha that still needs to be resolved because of their capital reserve problems. we have excessive uncertainty in the housing finance system, and qm just settles one small portion of this. i think the cfpb did a pretty good job on this rule, but we have a lot, many more shoes to
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drop here before we get the markets settled and really understand what credit is going to look like. >> diana, i mean, i think maria hits the nail on the head, right? it's a question about whether you get to the point of what's restrictive for the banks. banks are already not lending to the level that some people would like them to do. you just rattled off or we just heard rattled off an entire list of the headwinds that the banks are facing. >> yes. >> and yet here's another one. >> but they are already doing a lot of this, and that's the point. what the problem has been is that there's been so much uncertainty in the mortgage market because of regulation that's been coming, and we've been talking to a lot of investors over the past couple of days looking to get back into the mortgage market. that's private label so we can get away from fannie and freddie in the fha and they are liking this certainty coming in. they want all the rules to come in, find out what they are so that they can start getting their ducks in order to get back to the mortgage markets, so i don't think that these are really restricting a market that is already pretty restricted now, but it's giving more certainty and could bring that private label back in. >> i'm just wondering, the
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market has certainly improved, but are we rushing and putting these, you know, a little more onerous rules on top of an already fragile market and we have to be careful not to make this recovery stop in its traction, you know, stop on its tracks. >> yeah, maria. you make the key point there which is we're in the most conservative credit lending environment that this nation has seen in several decades at a time when we need home purchase activity to increase at a far greater rate. those two are clearly juxtaposed in opposition to each other. this qm rule is not bad t.basically boxes in today's credit standards, but it's by no means going to broaden credit access to homeowners across the market and we still really need to resolve, not just this qm rule and see how it gets implemented, but again basl, qrm, repurchase stab guards and gses. for capital to come back, investors need confidence that
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when they lend, they can do so safely and soundly in a way that doesn't catch them later on. >> right. >> this is step one, and there are many steps to come. >> david, thank you. diana, thank you. we'll keep watching this. appreciate your time tonight and will see you soon. 20 minutes before the closing bell sound. we're at the hues of the day. a gain of 77 points on the industrial average. >> disappointing home sales, canary in the coal mine for how upper income americans will retrench now that their taxes have been hiked? >> and will new limits on tax deductions for higher earners end up hurting charitable donations? already real concern there. check it out. stay with us. i have low testosterone. there, i said it.
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shares of luxury retailer tiffany losing their sparkle today. courtney reagan explains exactly why. courtney? >> that's right, scott. looks like not as many blue boxes were stuffed into stockings this year. holiday comparable sales were
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flat. the ceo notes economic uncertainty as the reason the jeweller now forecasts its annual profit to come at low end of its guidance. tiffany shares losing their shine in reaction but off the session lows. geography brought different macro economic pressures telling different separate stories. same-store sales fell 2% in november and december. the fifth avenue comp store sales fell slightly more than 2% hurting from superstorm sandy. asia-pacific comp store sales improved by 7% and european same-store sales fell by about a percent. maria? >> thanks so much. are tiffany's results that high-end consumers are scaling back? that could hurt the economy and the market. right now the s&p could be closing once again at a five-year high, so how do you put together the markets and what's going on in high-end retail? >> joining us now larry cantor of barclays and also danny huse of divine capital markets. larry, what do you read from the tiffany news today, if anything?
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>> i'm not sure i make much of it because they have been underperforming for a while now, and the tax hikes haven't taken place. we usually don't see consumers reduce spending in anticipation, but we do expect the consumer to get hit, and the high end is going to get hit from capital gains, the dividend and high end income tax and on the low end social security taxes going up so consumers will get hit. >> partly a tiffany's story but also partly, look, people know what's coming. their lives are about to get more expensive so why not scale back. >> yeah. >> what's your read? >> i think it's an asian story actually. saw the growth out of asia. that's been consistent with what tiffany has seen, although last year not really. got really soft in 2012. 2011 was a huge year for them. 40%, 50% up in asia in particular, and they are really expecting enormous growth there. they told me they have 22 stores in china right now. they are looking to add another eight or nine stores over the next few years, so that's where
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they are betting. that's where they are thinking they will see growth, and chinese investors, asian investors in particular, really spend on luxury. we don't see that ending any time soon. >> how does him pact the broader market? larry, you've been right on this market. money continues to come in. it doesn't matter what the fundamentals say. just feels like this market wants to go up. how do you think that's scaling back of the high end impacts the broader market? >> you know, i think markets are expecting to see consumer spending weakening, and we look like we're on the -- in the beginning of manufacturing picking up, having gotten hit sort of summer and fall last year. and housing is finally picking up, so i do think the economy slows on the tax hikes. i think investors look through it, and the big story continues to be the central banks that are just continuing to pile money in there. the fed, now the bank of japan is accelerating. we haven't seen really the ecb yet, but i think that's the story. this money has to go somewhere and it's accelerating, and that's pushing up the financial pressures.
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>> anything that you see -- that you see on the horizon that puts an end to that. where does that end? do fundamentals not matter with all the money swashing around and the fed making such an easy environment? >> i mean, i can't say i'm comfortable with stock prices going up because the money supply is going up. that's not the firmest foundation you would want to see that kind of thing, but it's too early. valuations aren't stretched enough, and there's more coming so i do think -- i think the one thing, maria, that could knock things, if you think that they will let the debt ceiling go and not get through this, of course i think the markets have seen this, done this and will put another band-aid and kick the can. i don't think they will allow the dire consequences to occur from either that or the spending sequestration, but that would be the thing that could really knock things. >> danny, i hike what maria has been saying the last couple of days, that the market really feels like it wants to go up. looking at the dow jones industrial average, right, as we sit here at the highs of the day up 85 points. the s&p 500 is likely going to
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close at a five-year high. >> that's right. >> so we keep moving higher despite all of the concerns and uncertainty that is still out there. >> that's right, and management has continued to, you know, dial it back everywhere. tiffany, four quarters in a row, but we still continue to see this market look very, very resilient, and i think we'll continue to see that. i think in 2013 we may even see people come back into the stock market because there's a large swath of investors that have not actually come back into the market yet and that still could happen any time when we see this market continue to stabilize and do well as it has been. >> if we see disappointments in earnings fourth quarter, would you think they would buy on the debt? >> that's what i would be doing? >> and you recommend it? >> yeah, i do. >> i still think we've got some room to keep going here. >> all right. we'll leave it there. >> great to see you. thanks so much. see you soon. >> 12 minutes before we close it up, as i said, the dow is up 86 points. 13,476. s&p is good for almost 12 points, and that is sitting
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the herbalife soap opera continues today. the company ratcheting up its public defense against claims that it's not a legitimate company. brian schactman following all of the drama. brian, more drama today. >> i mean, it's unbelievable. you can't even script this stuff in terms of drama. bill ackman says it's a pyramid scheme and herbalife disagrees, right. the stock trading four times its daily average, the stock dipped during an after-hour.
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our own kate kelly interviewed ceo michael johnson. at the investor presentation he counter the bill ackman major short position as we know in the stock which is now currently off its lows. one thing he said, the ceo, that may have led to the selloff was that a huge portion of his distributors are actually consumers as well. >> it's always a misstatement. 90% of our distributors, okay, who are buying our product, and let me just try to clarify this. buy it for one reason, and they pie it for self-consumption. that a misstatement on that day. i was kind of hyped up that day, wasn't i? >> i guess so. before a presentation in the statement, ackman reiterated that it's believed that 90% of herbalife distributors have zero earnings in terms of addressing his firm's questions in the presentation. ackman stated, quote, the company distorted, mischaracterized be a outright ignored large portions of our
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presentation. whether you believe the ceo, ackman or daniel lobe and a few others who are taking a long side to hlf, this story, as you guys know, is far from over. back to you. >> yeah. no doubt about that, and throw up the intraday chart again because, maria, there's no doubt that when the ceo michael johnson was being interviewed live on cnbc, right almost at 12:00 you can see the stock drop into negative territory. it was when he said that he had made a misstatement on the day he came out swinging when it became clear that bill ackman had put on this short position and went public with it. >> right. >> so the market was clearly questioning this gentleman's credibility at the very moment he was speaking to cnbc's kate kelly. >> very amazing. >> kate did a great job in that interview and just to point out robert chapman of chapman capital also going long so to see the hedge fund community, the stock that -- herb's been doing a great job on this story. normally this is not front of mind, right, but it's dramatic,
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from td ameritrade. all right. welcome back to the floor of the new york stock exchange. time now for the closing countdown as we approach the close. pretty good day on wall street. schactman and i were just talking about this herbalife story. stock down 2%. ceo speaking on cnbc exclusively right there and that's where the stock fell. an interesting story we continue to follow. tiffany really set the tone early on for that stock. holiday sales at the low end of expectations. outlook disappointing as well raising questions about what the high-end retailers are doing. a number to watch. stock down nearly 5 has. apple, tim cook meeting with china mobile. is he going to do that deal in the market would certainly love it if he did and amazon named deutsche bank's favorite large-cap e-commerce name.

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